Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that for the third consecutive year, the automaker has been awarded top honors in the J.D. Power 2021 Best Brand Loyalty Award. The distinction recognizes automotive brands for a combination of longevity, value, trust, and performance stemming from the J.D. Power U.S. Automotive Brand Loyalty Study. Subaru earned a loyalty rate of 61.8%, the highest overall score across both the mass market (non-luxury) and luxury automakers.

"At Subaru, we strive to be more than a car company in everything we do – it's at the heart of what makes us Subaru, and we believe it's why our valued owners continue to choose Subaru," said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. "This award from J.D. Power is a resounding reinforcement of the loyalty of our customers and we are so proud to be able to provide long-lasting value for them, as both an automaker and a [...]

The globally successful AMG GT 4-Door Coupé is now even more individual than ever, so strengthening its position as the perfect automotive companion for any life situation. An exclusive edition underlines the multifaceted character of the four-door sports car. In addition, there is an extended choice of wheels, upholstery, trim, exterior colours and a retuned suspension with an even wider spread between sportiness and comfort. Thanks to an extensive update last summer, the AMG GT 4-Door Coupé already has state-of-the-art technology. New features include updated driving assistance systems and, fitted as standard, the Widescreen Cockpit including the MBUX multimedia system with AMG-specific displays and functions. The new models will make their debut with the 6-cylinder variants, which will be arriving at European dealerships as early as August.

The third complete vehicle to [...]

From  Dr Joanna Ines used to tend to car crash victims. One morning, she almost became one herself.

For Dr Joanna Ines, an obstetrician-gynecologist in training at Manila’s Chinese General Hospital, taking the same route to work for three years made the journey seem almost automatic. Then one Monday in July, that all changed. That day, the journey to work started like any other. She left her hometown of Concepcion, in the Tarlac province, heading for the city. She had a busy schedule of operations to perform. It was 4.20am and the roads were dark and quiet. Her two Shih Tzus who frequently accompanied her on her trips to Manila snoozed softly beside her in the passenger seat of her Subaru XV. The car was a gift from her parents three years before, to celebrate her passing her medical board exams.

From Mitsubishi’s in-house motorsport and tuning arm, Ralliart, is set to make a timely comeback after an 11 year hiatus.

At the firm’s earnings announcement today in Tokyo, it was revealed that the well-known sub-brand will be revived to strengthen what the company calls “Mitsubishi-ness driving.” Or put another way, that translates as a reinforcing of a dormant motorsport dynasty boasting world-beating handling and performance good enough to win the grueling Paris-Dakar Rally 12 times and capture four driver’s titles in the World Rally Championships.

The Pajero SUV and Lancer Evolution names became synonymous with rally victories from the 1980s, results that significantly helped the brand to sell its 4WD vehicles around the world into the 21st century.

But the company pulled out of the WRC and Dakar Rallies in 2005 after a series of [...]

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that the automaker has won three categories in Kelley Blue Book's 2021 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. The 2021 Subaru Ascent, Forester and Outback earned top spots in their respective segments. The Forester secured its win for the second year in a row.

2021 Subaru Ascent
5-Year Cost to Own Award: Mid-Size – 3-row

2021 Subaru Forester
5-Year Cost to Own Award: Compact SUV

2021 Subaru Outback
5-Year Cost to Own Award: Midsize SUV – 2-row

"We are thrilled to receive the 2021 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award for Ascent, Forester, and Outback from Kelley Blue Book," said Thomas J. Doll, President and Chief Executive Officer, Subaru of America, Inc. "These awards reinforce our commitment to providing customers with vehicles made to the highest standards of safety, reliability, dependability and value."

Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new and used vehicle valuation and information, created the 5-Year [...]

Keep the faith

January 3rd, 2021

Barbados Community College (BCC) student Tonquanja Giddings took top honours at the Closing/Awards Ceremony of the fifth biennial WorldSkills Barbados (WSB) 2020 Competition, winning both the Gold Medal in Restaurant Service and the Best of Competition Award for the overall winner with her score of 92 per cent.

The Best of Competition winner is the highest scoring finalist with a combined score from the Competitors Developmental Programme (soft skills) and the skills competition (Test Project).

The WorldSkills Barbados 2020 Closing/Awards Ceremony took place last Tuesday, December 1st, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC). The finals of the WSB 2020 Competition took place November 19 – 22.

Twenty-two students representing four local training institutions competed in six skill areas: Car Painting, Cooking, Fashion Technology, Graphic Design Technology, Hairdressing and Restaurant Service.

This year, the competition was held at [...]

Mercedes re-establishes the three-pointed star as the symbol of luxury.

From MotorTrend:  We know what it means. Or at least what it's supposed to mean. Yet the word excellence in today's hyperbolic lexicon has become the go-to endorsement of everything from resort timeshares to pharmaceutical marketing to pork industry remediation. Let's assume for the moment that the word has been somewhat diluted.

Climb into a 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, however, and you will immediately understand the true emotional and physical definition of the word, its impact, and its inferred accountability. In sedan, coupe, or wagon form, the new E-Class is a stunning accomplishment. And it is the MotorTrend 2021 Car of the Year.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class carries the stout imprimatur of old-school luxury, from the graining of the dashboard wood [...]

Happy 75th birthday JCB!

October 23rd, 2020
Chairman Lord Bamford reflects on the company's 75 years in business

From StokeonTrentLive: Digger-giant JCB is marking a milestone 75 years in business on Friday, October 23 - the same day that the company's chairman Lord Bamford marks his 75th birthday.

The Rocester firm was founded by Lord Bamford's father, the late Joseph Cyril Bamford who was affectionately known as 'Mr JCB', in 1945.

And over the last seven-and-a-half decades, the company has grown from its humble beginnings at a tiny lock-up garage in Uttoxeter to a global manufacturing firm which boasts 22 plants around the world - 11 of which are based in the UK, employing around 7,000 staff.

This week, StokeonTrentLive sat down with Lord Bamford for an interview about the company's milestone birthday, where he reflected on the firm's 75 year history and revealed what the future holds for the firm.

What [...]

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